Dental Assisting - Level I & II | St. Clair College
One Year - Ontario College Certificate
3 continuous semesters ending in June
Starts: September

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Winter 2024 Emergency Alternate Delivery

Contact:
Rosemarie Turton
519-972-2727 ext. 4632

Program Overview

This program prepares students to assume a position as a dental assistant / intra-oral health care provider, capable of working with health professionals in a variety of settings. The role of a Level II dental assistant involves precise and detailed work in a confined environment, including chairside and laboratory duties, instrument reprocessing as per current IPAC guidelines, maintaining infection control along with intra-oral skills such as selective coronal polishing, oral hygiene instruction, application of pit and fissure sealants, fluoride application, and teeth whitening processes.

Program Highlights

  • Graduates of this program are respected health care professionals that perform a variety of roles including; clinical, education, health promotion, business administration and laboratory duties consistent with national standards.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.
  • Level II includes 15 intra-oral duties.
  • Clinical placements.
  • On campus dental clinic provides a practical learning environment.
  • Students are eligible for certification by the Ontario Dental Assistants Association (ODAA) and the Canadian Dental Assistants Association (CDAA).
  • Upon successful completion of the National Dental Assisting Examining Board Exam (NDAEB) the graduate is eligible to practice as a Level II Dental Assistant.

Career Opportunities

Numerous opportunities exist for graduates as dental assistants, office administrators and treatment coordinators in general practice and specialty dental offices. Other opportunities include public health departments, hospitals, armed forces, college/university dental clinics, and sales.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus successful completion of:

  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4U or EAE4C

OR

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
DTL101
Fundamentals Of Microbiology And Preventive Dentistry
3
DTL102
Orofacial Anatomy And General Physiology
3
DTL104
Dental Assisting Process And Materials
5
DTL107
Clinical Theory & Professional Foundations
9
DTL130
Dental Radiography I
2
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
DTL203
Dental Health Education
2
DTL205
Dental Practice Management
2
DTL204
Essential Pharmacology And Specialty Procedures
3
DTL220
Dental Materials II
2
DTL206
Nutrition And Dental Health
2
DTL230
Dental Radiography II For Dental Assisting
3
DTL275
Clinical II
8
DTL280
Dental Assisting Work Integrated Learning
2
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
DTL350
Dental Office Consolidation
5
DTL352
Clinical Theory III
1
DTL375A
Clinical Practice III
2
DTL336
Dental Specialty Clinical
1

Past Cohorts:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
DTL101 Fundamentals Of Microbiology And Preventive Dentistry 3
DTL102 Orofacial Anatomy And General Physiology 3
DTL104 Dental Assisting Process And Materials 5
DTL107 Clinical Theory & Professional Foundations 9
DTL130 Dental Radiography I 2
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
DTL203 Dental Health Education 2
DTL205 Dental Practice Management 2
DTL204 Essential Pharmacology And Specialty Procedures 3
DTL220 Dental Materials II 2
DTL206 Nutrition And Dental Health 2
DTL230 Dental Radiography II For Dental Assisting 3
DTL275 Clinical II 8
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
DTL350 Dental Office Consolidation 5
DTL352 Clinical Theory III 1
DTL375A Clinical Practice III 2
DTL336 Dental Specialty Clinical 1

Synergy Placement Notice to Students

Pre-Placement Requirements

St. Clair College has partnered with Synergy Gateway Inc to provide you access to Verified - a platform that is used by students at other post-secondary institutions across Ontario for the purpose of digitally collecting placement requirements related to placement(s). Synergy Gateway Inc will provide support and clearance to help with your required documentation. You will be required to complete an Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) Review through the Verified platform in order to receive clearance to begin your clinical placement. You will be provided access to "Verified" via a secure username and password. You will use Verified to:

  • Upload your pre-placement requirements documentation for review.
  • Book your Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) service (this is a service that reviews the documents you have uploaded and provides you a status as to your eligibility to begin placements).
  • Track your ongoing requirements compliance.

Each student will receive log-in credentials to access Verified that will be sent to your St. Clair College email account. Please check your inbox, spam and junk mail folders for an email from the "Synergy Help Desk". You will be required to create a new password upon logging in. Be sure to view the video user guides and student guidebook to learn how to use the Verified platform.

Any associated fees for Synergy Gateway Inc to complete the pre-placement requirements are the sole responsibility of the students.

It is mandatory that students complete their ERV service through Verified to be eligible for your upcoming clinical placement.

Once your account has been set up with Verified, inquiries can be directed to Synergy Gateway Inc at www.Synergyhelps.com. You will need to submit a Help Desk ticket. Their Help Desk hours are Monday to Friday: 10 am - 3 pm, excluding holidays.

** Please note: If you are an International student completing a placement, you will require a valid COOP Work Permit.


Requirements

(Please refer to your Synergy communications for full details)


COVID-19 Vaccination Placement Notice to Students

This is to make you aware that, although a COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend St. Clair College, most of our placement sites are requiring students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be eligible to attend. Students who are not fully vaccinated cannot be provided with a placement for their program and, therefore, will not be able to complete their programs. Please be advised that COVID-19 booster shots and/or other requirements may become mandatory for placement, however, they are not currently required.

  • Student placements are assigned. Student personal requests for placement cannot be accommodated.

    • Placements may be outside the Windsor/Chatham area.
  • Students are responsible for their own travel and costs to placements.
  • Students are responsible for the cost of scrub uniforms/footwear and equipment (such as a stethoscope, a watch with a second hand) and other incidentals as required.
  • Placement schedules may include shifts on days, afternoons, weekends and holidays throughout the program based on placement need and agency availability.

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2023-2024 Tuition Fees  

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Smart Start Information

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) (Ontario College Certificate) (MTCU Code 41629)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Maintain client and personal safety in the practice environment.
  2. Contribute to the development of a comprehensive client profile by using a variety of data collection methods in collaboration with the client and other health professionals and in compliance with privacy legislation.
  3. Contribute to the development of a comprehensive plan for oral health services and programs in collaboration with the client and other health professionals.
  4. Provide oral health services and programs, as identified in the comprehensive plan and as permitted within the scope of practice.
  5. Contribute to the evaluation and reporting of appropriate aspects of the oral health services and programs by using a variety of sources including the client profile.
  6. Act in a professional and competent manner.
  7. Maintain client records and manage office procedures in compliance with relevant legislation and regulations

Additional Information

  • This program is recognized by the Canadian Forces! Students who have been accepted into the Dental Assisting program and are considering a career in the CF may apply to the CF through a Canadian Forces paid education program. If accepted, students receive subsidized college tuition, books and academic equipment, in addition to a salary with benefits and a guaranteed job upon graduation. For more information on paid education, go to FORCES.CA.